UPDATE: StarHub to provide around 15 US TV series on same-day basis

StarHub retail outletStarHub retail outlet. Photo taken pre-Covid.

This article was originally published on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 15:56 SGT; it has since been updated to include a comment from StarHub.

StarHub said Tuesday it would be airing the new seasons of around 15 U.S. television series on the same day they air in the U.S.

“StarHub customers can say goodbye to spoilers and always stay up to date with their favourite series,” the Singapore telco and pay-TV operator said in a press release. 

The series under the deal include the DC-comics based Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow, as well as Blacklist, The Walking Dead, FBI and new series Nancy Drew, based on the long-running book series following a teenaged detective, StarHub said.

StarHub told Shenton Wire that The Flash and Supergirl had previously not been included for same-day telecast.

The deal comes as StarHub has struggled to keep its pay-TV operations relevant in the face of competition from new platforms, such as Netflix.

In its second quarter results, released in August, StarHub said its pay-TV revenue fell 23.6 percent on-year to S$64.7 million, mainly on a lower subscriber base.

As of end-June, pay TV households were at 374,000, down 64,000 on-year, StarHub said in the results, adding average revenue per user was at S$44 a month at end-June, down from S$53 at end-June 2018, mainly on promotional offers to drive migration of existing cable subscribers to fiber.

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